17.2.2014

Grant Kester, Dialogical Aesthetics


I listed the main points of Grant Kester. (Or how I understood.) I'll use these perspectives when I analyze my project.

·        The emphasis of the aesthetics in on the dialogical process

·        The artwork is processed together and it gains its meaning through the process

·        The visual aesthetics of the outcome of the process is not relevant for understanding and evaluating the project

·        Visual pleasure is not enssential in the process

·        The artist is not a master. The participation of the audience is based on collaboration and on collaborative production of meaning and change.

·        The art is emerging gradually during the dialogical process

·        The best and most beautiful dialogical art happens when the collaboration can be perceived in the end product or when the artwork itself is collaborative.

·        The dialogue is not only spoken dialogue but it happens through aesthetic expression

·        The project (or the “work”) aims at long term collaboration. There is a shared goal in the collaboration.

·        The artist is interested in a conversation in which the artistic form and meaning cannot be foreseen. The collaboration does not take place in the framework of a ready made “work” by the artist.

·        The dialogue is target-oriented, it often aims at solving a concrete local problem

  • Ideally the audience of the dialogical “work” continues the process even after the artist has stopped working with the project.